Tuesday, June 19, 2018

IN WISCONSIN BUT CLOSE TO THE UPPER PENINSULA

Currently in Peshtigo WI (Low 55 Partial Sunshine; Nice High 69) 

Peshtigo is very close to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just across the Menominee River, so you know we had to visit.



We have blogged about how we like pasties, a handheld bundle of goodness that is prevalent across the UP.



We found some very good ones at Col K's Pasty Shop. The beef and rutabaga, chicken and broccoli, beef and cabbage were all good. It was great to add a new pasty shop to our list.



We've got more pasties ahead of us this summer revisiting some of all our time favorites. For now we glad we found Col K's and also that we may have seen the last of the high temperatures and humidity.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 18, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO PESHTIGO WISCONSIN

Currently in Peshtigo WI (Low 65 Spotty Morning Showers High 74) 

After a week of high temperatures and humidity in Oshkosh Wisconsin we departed yesterday and headed to Peshtigo, also in Wisconsin. When we arrived the feel like temperature was 95 so we hadn't escaped the heat and humidity just yet. We are staying at Badger Park, a city park in Peshtigo.


It was approximately 100 miles, this is the route we took.




We will be here a week, relaxing after a hectic week in Oshkosh, hopefully with cooler temperatures.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, June 17, 2018

REVIEW OF OSH VEGAS PALMS RESORT CAMPGROUND IN OSHKOSH WISCONSIN

Currently in Oshkosh WI (Low 74 Sunny Currently 78)
Heading to Peshtigo WI (Currently 73 Afternoon Storms High 87) 

The campground at Osh Vegas Palms Resort is kind of hard to review. 


It's not really a resort by any means but we had a pretty good week here anyway. Not having a clubhouse and activities and laundry room really doesn't bother us. The issue we had was the lack of a sewer hookup although they had an awkwardly placed dump station. Here is the office.


The pullthru had 50amp electrical and water pressure that was so high we were glad we had a good pressure regulator. The pullthru was long enough that if we wanted to stay hooked up we could. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


For this part of the country the rate isn't that bad, $185 for the week, so it is a park we might consider staying at next time in the area, especially if we remember there is not a sewer hookup and better plan for it.

We depart today for Peshtigo, also in Wisconsin.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, June 16, 2018

OUR FIRST VISIT TO A DULUTH TRADING COMPANY STORE

Currently in Oshkosh WI (Low 68 Times of Clouds and Sun High 92) 

We've liked the Duluth Trading Company commercials for a while and noticed that some of Bob's cousins on Facebook have liked their page, plus others on Facebook. Since they have a store in Oshkosh we visited one for the first time yesterday.



This is not the cheapest store you will ever shop at but Bob had to try a pair of 'Buck Naked Underwear'. Luckily this location was also an outlet and unlike some other brand's outlet stores there was a good selection and really good bargains. Bob saved $60 each on two pairs of shorts. When we got home he tried on the underwear and Bob has to say it is the most comfortable he has ever worn. Too bad there are no more stores in our travels 😏

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

UPDATE ON WATER LEAK AND OUR OSHKOSH PLANS

Currently in Oshkosh WI (Low 62 Morning Storms then Clearing High 77) 

Subtitled: It is scary how RVs are made

The good news is that mobile service guy came out yesterday and we no longer have a water leak. The bad news is that he uncovered yet another issue with how the coach was built. Our fresh water tank has two overflow pipes. One of the pipes was not punched through the underbelly so any time we had the fresh water tank full the water would slosh into the overflow pipe and go straight to the insulation in the underbelly.

Since there was water in the insulation it was all removed so the area could dry out. The mobile service guy will be back Wednesday to reinstall the insulation and underbelly.

We are still at Osh Vegas Palms Resort and will be here all week. 


We had a package delivered here that was supposed to be here yesterday but has been delayed. The park does have a dump station after all so we are good for a week here.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 11, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO OSHKOSH WISCONSIN

Currently in Oshkosh WI (Low 57 Sunny then Rather Cloudy High 76) 

After an overnight stay we departed West Salem WI and headed to Oshkosh, also in Wisconsin. We are staying at Osh Vegas Palms RV Park but there's much more to this story.


The last leg of our overnight stays was approximately 140 miles, this is the route we should have taken. 



After about 10 trips where both of our GPS devices and Google Maps agreed on the route Bob got a little lazy and didn't do his due diligence on this one. The Rand McNally GPS took us on County roads that you probably couldn't find on the map because the state of Wisconsin doesn't want you to know how bad these roads are.

But bad roads and bad directions only begins to tell the horrors of this trip. When we finally got to the park we quickly realized that it was not a full hookup park. Long pull thru - Yes; Good line of sight for satellite - Yes; but no sewer. No sewer means we probably won't be staying here the entire week. 

The mobile service guy is coming by this morning to check on the leak. If we get it fixed we think we will head to a full hookup park for the remainder of our week in Oshkosh. 

We really cannot recommend this park. The office wasn't staffed when we got here. During our drive to our site we didn't see a dump station. There apparently isn't showers or laundry or restrooms either. We are not even sure how much we will be paying.

As we inch closer to the Upper Peninsula we are now staying at least a week at each of our stops.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, June 10, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO WEST SALEM WISCONSIN

Currently in West Salem WI (Low 56 Currently Storms 64)
Heading to Oshkosh WI (Currently 62 More Clouds than Sun; Cooler High 67)

After an overnight stay in Wells Minnesota we departed yesterday for West Salem Wisconsin. We are staying at Neshonoc Lakeside Camping Resort.


It was approximately 150 miles along I-90, this is the route we took.



GPS brought us right to the park. The young gal in the office was friendly but apparently has never driven thru or stayed in the park. We wanted a long pull thru that we could stay hooked up and still get a satellite signal but to get a signal we had to pull to the very front of the site and unhook due to a very large tree. The roads are asphalt and the sites are grass. With the rain that the area has seen the sites are a little soggy. The ATT cellular and 4g signals were strong. Our water pump is having some problems so even though we are only staying one night we hooked up to the city water.  It wasn't long that we realized we had a major leak. We checked all the inside connections and no leak in the island, bathroom vanity or the laundry room. Nor was the leak evident from the water heater or at the connection point or in the basement area below the shower. So the leak must be in the underbelly.

We turned off the water and went to the grocery store to get some jugs of bottled water for drinking, washing, flushing, etc. Because of this incident we weren't able to take photos of the site.

We did call ahead to Oshkosh where we are heading today and setup a mobile service to come and remove the underbelly, the insulation that must be soaked, and find/fix the leak. Then the underbelly area needs to dry out and new insulation with the underbelly liner reinstalled. We'll keep you posted.

Once it stops raining this morning we are off to Oshkosh.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, June 9, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO WELLS MINNESOTA (ALSO A PARK REVIEW)

Currently in Wells MN (Low 67 Currently Cloudy 69) 
Heading to West Salem WI (Currently 64 Showers and Storms High 82) 

After a week in Sioux Falls South Dakota we departed yesterday for Wells Minnesota. We departed one day later than planned since it was a rainy day and Jo was not feeling way. We are staying at Pihl's Park, a Faribault County park on Rice Lake.


It was approximately 150 miles along Interstate 90.



We stayed hooked since we were only staying one night. Both GPS devices did not have Pihl's Park as an RV park but was able to get it entered as a county park. The last mile or so was a gravel road. Not really an office and the camp host was in Albert Lea shopping. The guys mowing helped us pick a site since it had rained a lot in the area. The roads were narrow with gravel and sites were rocks but also narrow. It was a 30amp electrical pull thru. Lots of trees so no satellite reception. ATT cellular and 4g signals were strong.

Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


This is a beautiful park in the woods with only a couple of sites that 'might' get satellite reception. The park is mostly permanent residents. We could have gotten water if we wanted to so $20/night for 30amp and water isn't bad.

We depart today for West Salem Wisconsin just east of Onalaska also in Wisconsin. We are in the stretch run of our trip to the Upper Peninsula.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, June 7, 2018

REVIEW OF SIOUX FALLS KOA IN SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA

Currently in Sioux Falls SD (Low 60 Currently Cloudy 63)
Heading to Wells MN (Currently 65 Morning and Evening Storms High 79) 

GPS brought us right to the park. If we knew about the big flag near the park it would have been even easier.


The office staff was friendly. The roads were gravel as were the sites. There was nice spacing between the sites. The hookups were convenient. We were in a long pull thru with 50amp full hookups. ATT signals, cellular and 4g, were strong. We had a great line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish.

The Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


The park is located right next to I-90 so it is a little noisy. Plus there is an airport nearby so all you need is train tracks and you get the trifecta of noise. Truth be told the noise wasn't that bad so we would probably stay here again. As usual we left some things to do next time and there are some good places to eat that we wouldn't mind eating at again. We leave today for Wells Minnesota.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

FALLS PARK IN SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA

Currently in Sioux Falls SD (Low 69 A Strong Afternoon Thunderstorm High 85) 

Sioux Falls gets it name from these falls.


The town developed around the falls. A couple of photos that we liked.




Downstream from the falls.


The twin spires of St. Joseph Cathedral in the distance.


We'll end with a photo for Melinda Cetto who is probably used to this view in her back yard.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL IN SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA

Currently in Sioux Falls SD (Low 61 Plenty of Sunshine; Very Warm High 91) 

We had heard how beautiful the St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls was so we went there to Mass last weekend.


Catholicism was brought to the area by Father Pierre Jean De Smet in 1838. Dedicated in 1919 the twin spires overlook the city. The interior is also gorgeous.





It's great traveling this great country and visiting beautiful churches.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, June 3, 2018

WE GOT A SLIDE TOPPER

Currently in Sioux Falls SD (Low 51 Sunny High 76)

For the longest time we have been fighting a leak in our door side slideout. We have caulked, taped, caulked again and again and yet we still have a leak. We've had 3 mobile service guys look at it and a couple of helpful neighbors in RV parks look at it and we are stumped. Since this is our home getting it into a dealership is tricky at best, very difficult when in traveling mode moving every few days. We've called a couple of times and appointments are well into the future plus no guarantee how long it would sit on the lot before being worked on. So as a last option we had the mobile service in Rapid City South Dakota install a slideout topper. As they were finishing up a storm front was approaching.


A different slideout showing no topper.


Here is a shot just after they installed.



With the slideout extended the rain hits the topper and not the roof of the slideout.



Hopefully we have stopped the leak. We will keep you posted.

We picked up the truck on Friday, the alternator was no longer charging, plus it killed the batteries in the process.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, May 31, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA

Currently in Sioux Falls SD (Low 61 Partly Sunny High 87) 

After 3 nights in Mitchell South Dakota we departed yesterday and headed to Sioux Falls, also in South Dakota. We are staying at the KOA. 


It was approximately 70 miles, this is the route we took.



During our trip the Check Battery light came on again and at the end it went off and the Check ABS light came on. Before we left Bob confirmed that the batteries in the RV were good, the converter is working and the inverter is working when needed. We got unhooked but then couldn't get the truck out of park so had to call Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Lightning Towing towed the truck to the nearest Ford dealership who will begin looking at it this morning, both the electrical and the tailgate problems. We're telling you that you don't ever want to see this. 


What we are able to do during our week here is dependent on what they find out with the truck and how long it takes them.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WORLD'S LARGEST BIRD FEEDER

Currently in Mitchell SD (Low 60 Currently Clouds and Sun 65)
Heading to Sioux Falls SD (Currently 64 Clouds and Sun High 80) 

With its field corn exterior the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota has jokingly been called the world's largest bird feeder. The Corn Palace originally built in 1892 was not the world's first, that distinction belongs to Sioux City Iowa, but it is the only corn or grain palace left in the world.


The murals on the exterior are made of 13 different colors of field corn that is cut in half and nailed to plywood. Here is a display inside showing a small example


and the different colors of corn. A 14th color, green, will be in the 2018-2019 theme. 


The 2017-2018 theme was South Dakota Weather. The 2018-2019 theme will be to honor the military.



This is truly a multi-functional building, not only is it the 2nd most visited tourist attraction in South Dakota after Mount Rushmore it is also a basketball court for high school and college games, and an arena for concerts, bull riding competition and other events. Over 200 basketball games are played on this court each year. USA Today calls this basketball venue one of the 10 best places in the country to watch high school basketball. Here is the arena space showing the interior murals serving as the gift shop.



A closeup of one of the murals residing inside that used to be outside.



The pillars in the building are decked out as different colored corn cobs, we especially liked this blue corn one.



This was a lot more than we expected, plus it was free admission. Don't worry they got some money from us as we bought corn of course, chocolate caramel popcorn that is, and some wild plum jam. They use the proceeds from the gift shop to pay for the yearly redo of the exterior to the new theme, plus the murals inside also need to be maintained.

We thought this would be corny but it turned out to be very interesting.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, May 28, 2018

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO MITCHELL SOUTH DAKOTA

Currently in Mitchell SD (Low 68 A Strong Afternoon Thunderstorm High 91) 

Subtitled: We had another one of those days.

After 3 nights in Murdo South Dakota we departed yesterday for Mitchell, also in South Dakota. We are staying at the R and R Campground.


It was approximately 140 miles, this is the route we took.



It was an eventful trip, but not in a good way. When we started the truck after we were finished at the Rest Area near Chamberlain South Dakota the check battery light came on Image result for check battery light

Since it was about 70 miles left we turned off the air conditioner, which was quite a big deal since it was above 90. What did we ever do before air conditioning? We made it to the park and Bob paid with a credit card. Then the next big event happened, we couldn't drop the tailgate to unhook. Luckily we have Bigfoot auto levelers so we disconnected from the hitch and were able to raise the fifth wheel high enough so we could get the truck out from under. 

We got power and water and then Bob went to Advanced Auto Parts and had the batteries and alternator. By now Bob noticed that the check battery light was no long illuminated. Turns out they both checked out OK so since we don't know for sure when the light went off it may be problems with the RV batteries which we will check out later, it was too hot when we got there on a record setting high temperature day to turn off the power. The RV batteries did have enough juice to get the slides out so that is encouraging.

The last event of the day is when Bob decided to get diesel on the way back to the park and the same credit card he used to pay for the park was declined. Turns out it was rejected since the reader was a swipe instead of a chip. Have you ever had one of those days?

In the cool morning today Bob will look at the tailgate. We will be here 3 nights so it might be tough to get it serviced due to the holiday weekend. At least we know we have a workaround for hooking up.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo